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Is Hulu’s show expiration script quick on the draw?

Posted in Uncategorized by Anthony (Tony) Emerson on July 11, 2009

I’ve been catching up on season 1 and season 2 of American Dad on Hulu the past few days. They were set to expire tonight, apparently before 2:00 am (Central Time), which was when the site showed that the episode was to expire. There was even one period in time where the timer said “Expires in One Hour,” but the video wouldn’t play. I took this screenshot – the timers are located under the thumbnails near the bottom.

Hulu removes American Dad before timer expires

Hulu removes American Dad before timer expires

It may simply be that the timer script uses a different time zone than the script that actually pulls the video. Hulu engineers also probably didn’t expect anyone to be counting down the hours until a show expires. But it’s broken, and – for a company with about $500 million in venture capital – it should be a quick fix.

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  1. Ilya Haykinson said, on July 11, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Hi Anthony,

    I’m a software engineer working on advertising technology at Hulu. Thanks for noticing this — I’ll send a link to your post to our site team so that they can take a look.

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